Redhook Eisbock 28 - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 144
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drabmuh on 10-01-2010

Eisbock 28 is an ice processed winter warmer. This rich lager is aged for months at temperatures well below freezing and is a deep gold color and has a smooth and malty flavor with bittersweet complexities. This highly unique beer is unlike any other and to our knowledge Redhook is the only American Brewer currently brewing it. This traditional winter beer is very drinkable, even with its high alcohol content and is perfect before or after dinner.

30 IBU
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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was on tap at the 2010 ACBF. I managed to get a sample of it when Red Hook decided that they were going to tap the keg they brought. The beer poured out as a nice looking shade of amber with a light amount of haze to it. The aroma of the beer was very malty, had a sweetness to it and a little bit of booze on the nose. The taste had a nice amount of sweetness to it with a lot of malt in there. Not much in the way of hops at this point. The mouthfeel of the beer was a little thick which I found to be nice. Overall this brew is worthy of trying if you can find it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Aug. 30 2010 - consumed on Sept 19 2011

A - Poured out a clear, reddish color with gold highlights. It had a small, off-white head of bubbly foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel and some fruity notes.

T - Mainly this tasted of sweet caramel, more sweet caramel and more sweet caramel. There was a touch of bitterness and some boozy alcohol flavors.

M - It was fairly crisp but a little sticky on the tongue. A medium bodied eisbock.

O - I assumed an 11% ABV Eisbock would be sweet when fresh. I hoped at 13 months old it would have mellowed considerably, but it hasn't. This one might need several years to mellow.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thin tan cloud rises up and over the top and settles down giving a touch of light foam along the sides and the bottom of the glass.

Tons of rich toffee and caramel initially on the nose, once it warms up though it becomes one of the most complex aromas I have ever encountered. Light alcohol notes, hints of dark cherries and fruit, light chocolate and almost a root beer like touch as it really comes up near room temperature. To say the aroma was inviting would be an understatement, this was intense. Smooth, full, thick body on this one really let the flavor just coat your tongue

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Apparently, despite the multiple other examples I've sampled, this is my first eisbock review. I don't know what to say. It pours a clear garnet-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises hot cinnamon, buttery biscuits, caramel, and a heaping helping of wheat. The taste holds notes of caramel, toffee, buttery biscuits, a hint of plum, and some sort of fake fruit flavor (like a fake cherry or strawberry, the kind you'd find in separate sticks of Fruit Stripe gum). The body is a light-ish medium with a light moderate carbonation. Overall, a decently solid eisbock, but I don't feel like I'd ever really wanna have it again. Kinda odd in that way, but I'm not gonna try too hard to figure it out any further.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with a touch of lacing, over mostly clear amber reddish orange beer.

Nose is loaded with malts, mostly reddish copper malts, caramel, that red candy that you cover candy apples with, hints of molasses, some toffee, a bit of wheat, a bit of a creamy malt demeanor, pretty sweet and heavy smelling, hint of earthy hops and light fruits.

Taste starts heavy, syrupy to say the least. Tons of malts, again mostly reddish malts, slightly toasty but mostly caramel and red candy flavors. The a big toffee and big-daddy caramel candy flavors, with hint of molasses as well. Some wheat like malt flavors but not much, contrasts the big sweetness and warming tingly booze, that also hints at boozy esters. Some light fruits, even candy covered apple, come through. There is also a hint of like a bourbon cousin flavor, I'm not sure what it is but there is something there I get in young bourbon maybe the caramel flavors that come from the oak. The booze gets warming and tingly but not too bad. It turns fairly bitter on the finish with a bit of earthy spicy and grassy hops, with some warming tingly booze to remind you the abv late, and a bit of a sticky caramel finish.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied but not too big, decent carb, and plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall not bad, more like a wheatwine than eisbock but decent overall, nice malts, some hops come through on the finish that give the wheatwine taste more than eisbock, booze isn't too bad either.

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Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

With a few juniper berries this could be gin.

Gorgeous redhead color and sparkling clean. First sip is a doozy. I don't think I've ever encountered an ale with a more purely hot alcohol flavor. I don't think "balance" was what Redhook had in mind, but it somehow avoids the nuisance of malt fllavor and gets right to the jet fuel. Very sweet yet light bodied.

Well, $13 in San Diego seems a little much for a beer that seems to have been made with one tank truck of corn sugar and another of industrial alcohol. But if you like beer oddities, you'll want to try this one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on date is 8/30/2010.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains brown sugar, lager yeast, caramelized malts, dark fruit alcohol and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then a strong alcohol sting comes in along with some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. The sweetness strengthens as you continue to drink the beer. The hops presence is very mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is boozy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, decent representation of style, not sure if this is a case where the beer wasn’t very good or it just didn’t age well. Either way there are better beers in the style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed or bottled Fall of 2010, Aug 30 at 11:37 Pacific time to ber more precise...

Pours a nive copper/caramel color with 2+ fingers of tan head, good looking beer! Above average head retention & lacing

S: Doughyness & figgy notes in spades, stong nose backs off as this warms

T: Breadyness, a bit of booze up front, some lemony & woody hop notes, dryness up front. A touch of oaky sourness, a touch of apricot & sourwood honey seetness/dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty, sweet & & chewy with slight woody bitterness& just a touch of yeasty/ phenolic notes at the very end

MF: Chewy as all get out, slightly grainy, fairly firm/crisp carbonation. Some creamyness is evident as this warms along with a nice warming sensation & syruppy notes

This is a nice take on the style, that may not drive straight down the style guidelines, but would buy again if the price point was a little better

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Photo of drabmuh
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't have a lot of respect for Redhook in general but I had just had an eisbock yesterday so I thought I would grab this one. Not even on beeradvocate though.

LIMITED RELEASE is plastered all over this bottle. "Ice Processed Winter Warmer"

Beer is amber and clear with a big head of giant bubbles that falls apart rather quickly. Carbonation is moderate and steady, looks fine. Not a lot of lacing.

Aroma is almost like an imperial pils. Very odd. Its not really sweet or hot....its kind of bland. It doesn't smell bad...its just not there.

OK, this beer is oddly bitter and super dry. Its mildly sweet but the dryness is not endearing this beer to me. There is this almost hop like bitterness at the back of the beer. This makes this a rough road beer for me. I'm going in again, its a little fruity in the midpalate, the second sip was better than the first, but the bitterness and the dryness do not play well together. Unfortunately, still not a fan of Redhook.

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Photo of mothman
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Color is a clear copper.

Aroma: Cereal grain and malts. Caramel and toffee with some sweetness. Not much here.

Taste: Huge cereal grain flavor and malts. A decent amount of booze. Some caramel and toffee. Sweet dried fruits.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, warming, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends warm and malty.

Overall, not the best eisbock in the world. Rather boring for the style. Might be nice for the winter, but I would rather pick up something else.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the caramel and toffee, along with a lot of brown sugar and some earthy hops. The flavor is heavy on the brown sugar and molasses, along with toffee and caramel. I also get some cherries and a little bit of chocolate. The alcohol is definitely present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of billab914
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a brownish mahogany color with a modest frothy white head. The head had some decent retention to it with a bit of lacing as well.

The aroma has a big maltiness to it with some caramel, darrkfruit and a good amount of spice coming through. A bit of alcohol is there but not too bad for the abv%.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a big malty profile to it. caramel and a little dark fruits come through in it. It shows a moderate spice to it that I can't quite put my finger on. Moderate bitterness in the finish as well as some warming alcohol.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad overall but not great either. It had some decent malty flavors but the spice coming through didn't really help it for me. Not a bad beer overall but one I'd probably try only once.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, bottled 8/30/10,

A: Pours a dark amber with a very light head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Nose is heavy with raisin and sweet malt. Sugary and direct.

T: Lots of sweet malt and fig. Mildly alcoholic, with a tasty malty finish, good dark sugar notes.

M: Full-bodied and smooth, elegant for sure, very light carbonation, almost spiritous.

O: Redhook impresses with a very well done eisbock. The flavours are integrated and structured well and never cloying. A very enjoyable nightcap, though I have no idea why they bottled this in bombers.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Aug 30, 2010 enjoyed on 10/4/2011
I found this bottle at a store I don't normally frequent, and since I never tried it when it came out, I pulled the trigger. Pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a decent foamy beige head that shows moderate retention and leaves decent lace. I can smell the sugary sweet fruit as soon as I pop the top. Closer to my nose with the glass brings out some dark fruits like plums and cherries, some dark sugar and caramels and a surprising amount of ethanol for a beer that's over a year old. This smells like a barleywine quite honestly. Taste is sweet and fruity up front. I get some sugars, but not what I expected from the aroma. Slightly earthy hop bite is present but obviously faded. Alcohol provides a bit of warming, but luckily is not as strong and the nose suggested. Medium body, sweet fruity almost sticky mouthfeel, light level of carbonation. Not having this fresh really skews my perspective because this doesn't seem like a bock to me. This is a pretty good old ale or barleywine at this point, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze colored beer with a short tan colored head that doesn't last.

Smell is sweet and strongly nutty and syrupy. Essentially this smells like bottled Baklava. Little bit of toasted grain in the smell, smells like baked pie crust.

Starts out sweet with a strong nuts and barley malt flavor. Tastes like Shoe-fly pie, mostly of toasted pie crust, sugar and caramel and not much of anything else. It is OK.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer but not anything really special. Just not a must have beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear copper/red color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is light caramel, flavor is a malty caramel. The high ABV is hidden, but is warming. Nice industrial strength (11% ABV) Eisbock. Worth trying at $8.40 for a 22oz frosted brown bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2nd bottle of this... the first was shared with inflatablechair.. this one is just Galt. Poured into my Old Guardian goblet.

1" foamy off white head.. nice lacing, but little retention.. the brew is polished amber.

Nose is a bit uninspiring... pale malts.. lite toast and caramel.. something that I can only describe as cherry in the mix..

Flavor has a better showing, but only marginally.. toasty malts with bits of vanilla... tons of alcohol, not in a good way... warming the gullet is an understatement.. Honestly, there isn't a whole lot of going on, minor maltiness and big EtOH.. not much taste and even less aroma... the cherry is still present.. spicy and something that reminds me of menthol in the finish.

I've only had a few malt liquors (and all craft ones :-), but this is what I think of. Drinkable if you have too, and I'm going to, because I paid too much for a 2nd go around.


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Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at the brewery in Portsmouth.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" golden tan head over the clear dark copper brew. Head fades gradually, quite leggy, with sticky lacing. Aroma is fruity with an alcohol tinge.

Taste is sweet to start, quickly overcome by by a bitter fruitiness, which fades into a hoppy and boozy close. Lots of numbness after the swallow. Mouthfeel is rough and tough, and drinkability is okay. Needs some time to meld together and smooth out better.

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Photo of beertunes
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a straight tulip glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish mahogany, with about 3/4 inch of light tan head that had very good retention and good lacing.

The aroma was a little sweet, some spicy yeast, but mostly a benign scent. The flavor was also sweet, with some alcohol, but otherwise not much was noticeable.

The body was OK, a bit thin and a little sticky. Drinkability was OK, but nothing special. Worth a shot if you see it, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Derek
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, thin ring of retention leaves a bit of leg.

S: Herbal aroma with plenty of sponge-toffee and fruit-bread. Good stuff.

T: Sponge toffee sweetness gives way to a solid bitterness, herbal and grassy, some fruit bread, alcohol is very warming. It's good, but the American (rather than continental) ingredients are apparent.

M: A light residual sweetness has a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D: A good drinker for its strength, overall a well-crafted (and processed) brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. bottle stamped Aug-30-10-14:48-WA. Sampled on March 5, 2011. It pours into the dimped mug an attractive copper color with virtually no head. Ultra-sweet malts begin the aroma with an obvious alcohol background. There is also a hint of toffee on the nose. The body is medium. The taste was a pucker-up kind of sour bitterness but at the same time smooth and creamy. A dry hop ending finishes it. I was not a fan of the aftertaste though.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Scarlet red body. Slightly hazed. Thin cap of dense off white froth. Lacing is quite full. Rich malty sweet aroma with a little hint of booze on the sniffer. Rich malt flavors as well. Rich texture. Vanilla and a little rum. Caramel and nouget. Smooth and near full body. Alcohol is really held in check nicely. Very drinkable and quite flavorful. I'm impressed.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold under a thin white foam collar. Alcohol, spice and malt aromas. Very alcoholic but smooth with rich malt flavors, traces of spice, kettle sugars and a hint of caramel. Full body, medium low carbonation, warming. A big, alcoholic beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear, medium copper color with a decent amount of head. Ok retention, not much lacing.

Nose is sticky sweet and toasty with a heavy dose of alcohol.

Taste is candy-ish and thick. Lots of caramel and the alcohol is still there but is actually quite smooth for an 11%er. I could see this getting better with some age on it, it is pretty green and the flavors have not quite come together fully but the potential is there. Creamy and soft mouthfeel, I am pleasantly surprised by this worthy Redhook rendition of the Eisbock style. Kudos.

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Photo of champ103
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an attractive hazy ruby red color. At first a to finger beige head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Initially I get a lot of fruits that I really enjoyed. Though that quickly faded to just sweet malt. Kind of a dank woody aroma as well.
T: Really sweet malt again. Dank woody flavors and plenty of fusel like alcohol.
M/D: A medium to full body. This has moderate carbonation, and not to heavy. The alcohol is very powerful. Very slow sipping. To much for one person to finish.

The huge sweetness and alcohol punch just wears down the palate. Initially this is very enjoyable, if a little simplistic. Though overall just to much, for me anyway. Cheers to Redhook for doing something different, and something that is worth a try however.

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